tv Terror in Mumbai CNN November 25, 2012 6:00pm-8:00pm PST
david koresh, messiah. >> what can i say? they call me a rambling man, don't they? anyway, god bless and we'll sign anyway, god bless and we'll sign off. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com on november 26, 2008, the world watched in horror as the most significant terrorist attack since 9/11 flickered across television screens. my first reaction as i watched was to call my mother. you see, i grew up in mumbai.
my mother still lives there and she has an office at the taj mahal hotel, the site of some of the most gruesome killings that evening. luckily, she was out of town through the entire 60-hour ordeal. my sister lives across the street from the trident. when special forces arrived, some stationed themselves in her apartment and fired their gun from there. my nieces kept some of the shells as souvenirs. the mumbai attacks should worry us all. a handful of lightly armed men with little training were able to throw one of the world's great cities into total chaos. a small group with little connection to al qaeda expanded its ambitions, seeking greater attention through greater acts of cruelty. what you're about to watch is unique. all terrorist attacks so far have been reconstructed or recounted from the point of view of the survivors, witnesses and first responders. this time, you are with the terrorists.
you will hear the voices of the young men on the ground in mumbai. you will hear their masters in pakistan. and you will also see the victims, men, women and children, and hear from those who survived. it is the first 360-degree view of terrorism. november 26, 2008. an organization determined to surpass al qaeda as the world's most feared terrorist group sent ten gunmen to mumbai, india's biggest city. their mission was to kill and keep on killing. to stage a spectacle so terrifying that the world could no longer ignore lashkar-e-taiba, the army of the righteous. [ speaking a foreign language ]
>> reporter: indian intelligence intercepted the terrorists' cell phone conversations with their commanders in pakistan. [ speaking a foreign language ] >> they were very calm, not shouting, not excited. they were doing their job, as a matter of fact. >> one gunman was captured alive. [ speaking a foreign language ] >> reporter: for the army of the righteous, it was a test run for future operations, not just in india, but perhaps elsewhere. [ speaking in a foreign language ]
>> reporter: their method of attack could easily be adapted to any american city. no hijacked airliners or sophisticated weaponry, just ten young men with mobile phones and assault rifles programmed to kill and die on command. bill clinton speaking [ speaking a foreign language ] this is the inside story of the attack on mumbai ,told by its victims and by the terrorists themselves, in hours of intercepted phone calls.
at dusk, ten gunmen arrive off mumbai on a hijacked fishing trawler. the crew is killed, the captain left alive to navigate. later that night, indian intelligence would monitor calls between the terrorists in mumbai and a group of older men who were remote controlling the operation from across the border in pakistan, india's long-time enemy.
>> under cover of darkness, they landed in a fisherman's slum next to one of the wealthiest parts of mumbai. splitting up into teams of two, they said their last goodbyes and hailed taxis to take them to their targets, which were all close by. >> the first pair of gunmen made for one of mumbai's best known bars. they left behind a bomb in their taxi, set to explode in an hour's time. >> they came from a taxi and they were talking on the phone for a long time.
>> 11 people died at the leopold cafe and 28 people were wounded. at the same time, another pair of gunmen were approaching mumbai's railway station, chatrapati shivaji, better known as victoria terminus or vt. again, one of them left a bomb in the taxi. he was ajmal asmir kasab, who later that night would be captured and interrogated.
>> at the station, kasab and his accomplices mingle with those they had come to kill. they were ordinary people from every part of india, traveling to a wedding, a village, a temple. workers laden with holiday gifts, muslim families heading home for the festival of eid. at 7 minutes to 10:00, kasab and his men opened their backpacks and took out assault rifles.
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from the start, the police were confused and disorganized. they did nothing to stop the massacre. for 15 minutes, they stood watching the killing, then most of them ran away and hid. one who didn't was sudam pandarko. >> the second in command at the station, police inspector shashank shindai rallied his men.
>> as kasab and ishmael headed for the exit, a policeman grabbed a rifle from a terrified comrade. it jammed. when kasab returned fire, the policeman, in desperation, hurled a plastic chair. now the gunman fired through the station windows, shooting down a plainclothes policeman. the wednesday night traffic passed by, the drivers oblivious to the horror inside. an hour and a half had passed since kasab and ishmael came ashore with their eight accomplices. now they walked out of the station and melted into the darkness. with the terrorists gone, the railway police rush out of
>> they don't know, is it a terrorist planned by a big organization? we don't know. is it planned by the underworld? we don't know. >> the police had no plan or training for such an attack. the joint commissioner found himself unexpectedly in charge of the control room. he didn't know who the gunmen were or where they would attack next. >> we received calls from our mobiles that it appears that they are moving towards the police headquarters. in addition to looking at the
control room, one also had to fortify this complex. >> now the bombs kasab and his colleagues had planted in their taxis exploded, killing the drivers and their passengers. >> there was a taxi blast at two places. there is rumors there was an attack on j.w. marriott. there was a rumor there was an attack on the four seasons. so we felt that the whole city was under a siege and under attack. >> amidst the chaos, the anti-terrorist police began scanning cell phone frequencies in the hope of intercepting any calls the gunmen might be making. [ phone ringing ] >> with hundreds of thousands of voices on the airwaves, their chances were almost zero.
but earlier that year, undercover agents had fed a batch of 35 sim cards to the pakistani terrorist group lashkar-e-taiba. intelligence officers discovered that three of the sim cards had been activated that night. suddenly, they were listening in on conversations between the terrorists and their masters. >> the gunmen were calling an internet number bought from a company in new jersey using money transfers from pakistan. once indian intelligence locked
on to the controller's internet number, they could listen to all the gunmen's calls. >> little use was made of them, but the authorities would intercept a total of 284 calls. most involved a single controller identified only as brother wasi. his grip on the young gunmen would not loosen until they were dead.
>> fahadulla and his accomplice killed nine staff and three guests in the lobby. then they headed for the hotel restaurants. at a popular eatery, fahadulla murdered 13 diners. kiani was shot five times and left for dead beside her family and friends. >> the whole place was very silent. i couldn't see my friends. whenever i tried to look, i also saw shihad. she was in the same position from the time she got shot and so was my cousin and his wife. i tried to nudge my cousin's leg because i was close enough to do that. i think i succeeded, but he didn't move. >> bewildered by the ferocity of
the attack, the police made no organized attempt to storm the hotel. rishma kiani would lay bleeding on the floor of the tiffan restaurant for the next 16 hours before she was finally rescued. hearing the gunfire, hotel guests bolted their doors. fear drove some of them on to the window ledges. the terrorists detonated a bomb in the tea lounge and rounded up survivors from the hotel restaurants. a group of 15 were marched to the top of the service staircase. among them was a turkish businessman and his wife. >> the one in black told the woman to go up the stairs so we were pressed there, like in a
crowded bus. all of a sudden, he raises his gun. and at that moment, my wife screamed out, stop, stop, he's from turkey. he's from istanbul. he's muslim, and he made the gesture. i threw myself face down and he started to shoot and all the bodies were falling on me. and i was buried under the bodies from my waist down. >> fahadulla left five people alive, saifi, his wife and three other women. the other ten had been gunned down on the narrow landing. >> you can hear them, some of them were not dead yet. you can hear the sounds of their last -- i don't know. and we had to, you know, step over those people. >> i said, look, i step on the
back of this man, then on the neck of that man and i will hold your hand. i ushered four women over the bodies and i told them not to slip on the blood. it was so slippery. i have never known that blood can be so slippery. >> at the same time as the attack on the trident oberoi, two backpackers had strolled into the taj, the most exclusive hotel in the city. each carried an assault rifle, pistol, hand grenades, hundreds of bullets and enough dried fruits and nuts to last a couple of days. they began killing anyone in their sights. they were soon joined by the two
terrorists who just killed 11 civilians at the leopold cafe a block away. the newcomers narrowly avoided bullets meant for a hotel guest. the two pairs joined forces in the lobby by the swimming pool. there were now four gunmen inside the taj. they headed to the upper floors to switch on their phones and receive fresh instructions from brother wasi. [ phone ringing ] [ phone ringing ]
>> once they set some rooms on fire, the four terrorists began searching for more guests to kill. amid and versha tadani were about to have their wedding reception at the hotel. >> we saw a couple of dead bodies on the carpet outside. and we heard a couple of people outside of our room talking in a strange language. >> the next thing we heard was them dragging a lady out from the room next door. and she was shouting. she was shouting a lot. and then the next thing we heard, like, she was pushed into the room again and she was shot. >> they didn't just shoot her a couple of times.
they constantly kept shooting at her. >> she was crying in pain, as if she was asking for some kind of help. but there was nothing that could be done that day. >> finally, the taj hotel, mumbai's most iconic landmark, was ablaze. brother wasi was watching live on international tv channels with his fellow controllers. it was an image brother wasi knew would travel around the world.
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earlier that night, a handful of police officers had crept into the taj, guided by hotel security staff. they headed for the cctv monitoring room. they were led by the deputy commissioner. >> we have seen four terrorists on the sixth floor. and they are wearing this dress and that dress. we went to the control room. >> for several hours, the cops in the taj watched the terrorists on cctv. they were able to relay to
headquarters exactly where the terrorists were and what they were doing. >> as the fire took hold, the policemen were driven from the hotel. the naval commandos still hadn't come. poor communication and leadership meant the mumbai police missed vital chances to stop the terrorists during the crucial first hour when most of the killing happened. the mumbai police chief failed to take charge of the situation. instead, he left his lead investigator to run the control room, a man more used to dealing with the aftermath of a terrorist attack. >> we are used to a blast, we go to the spot, clear the area, sanitize the area, collect evidence and begin our investigation.
>> by attacking multiple targets, the terrorists had hoped to plunge the police into chaos. they succeeded completely. >> we were prepared for a terror strike but maybe at one location. four or five locations simultaneously and going into hotels and taking hotels, all these things contributed to, you know, making the situation very, very difficult one. >> barely a stone's throw from police headquarters, kasab and ishmael, the two gunmen who had slaughtered passengers at the railway station, were looking to regroup. they drifted down a back street, towards a row of shacks.
>> leaving him to die on the floor of his shack, the gunmen jumped over a gate into the women's hospital next door. alerted by the gun fire at the nearby railway station, 450 patients, relatives and staff had locked themselves in the wards. a civil servant had also heard the gunfire and thought the hospital would be a safe place to hide.
>> her daughter would be born safely an hour after the terrorists had left. meanwhile, the head of mumbai's anti-terrorist squad had arrived near the hospital. over the next 40 minutes he and two other senior police command rs would make repeated calls for armed backup. it never came. finally, he and his colleagues drove down a back street to cut off the terrorists' likely escape route from the hospital. the three commanders rode in the front of a jeep, four policemen squeezed in the back.
yards from police headquarters. >> we could hear the firing at the hospital. it's very close. it's just behind this complex. >> orders had been given to send armed backup to the commanders at the hospital, but the police were in meltdown and orders did not lead to action. the three dead commanders were well known names in mumbai. >> when the information came to the control room that the three commanders are dead, that moment then, everything stands still. a few, one or two seconds, i think they will haunt me for the rest of my life. they were some of the best officers, i would say, in the country. these are the people who are leaders. the challenge before the leadership at that time was motivating the men to continue the fight, to continue facing the terrorists.
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an organization founded 15 years before with support from pakistani intelligence to help reclaim the disputed territory of kashmir from india. a group that was now trying to transform itself into a standard bearer of global jihad. >> lashkar-e-taiba. the army of the righteous. successive pakistani governments had turned a blind eye to training camps, thousands of fighters, its new global ambitions. >> it wasn't the first time
>> it wasn't the first time lashkar-e-taiba had attacked mumbai. they exploded bombs before, killing hundreds but attracting little international attention. this time it would be different. now lashkar-e-taiba was showing its supporters in pakistan and the middle east that it could stage a spectacle the whole world would watch.
>> less than a mile from the burning taj, at the oberoi hotel, there were hostages still being held together with three other hostages. >> i was trying to take care of the singapore lady. she was very scared. >> a 28-year-old lawyer in mumbai for a one-day seminar. >> i put her in my daughter's shoes and i thought if she would have been on a business trip alone and what would have happened? >> they took us out of the room, made us all lean on the wall and they were talking on the phone and they said, go away from the wall. >> all of a sudden they just shot those women, three women. >> and that young singapore
girl, she was crying so loud that she knew they were being shot. it was terrible. i still hear her screams. >> and i was let's pray for those people and we started to pray. >> and we both raised our hands and read the same sura from the koran spoken for the dead so they were shocked, the terrorists. >> i said to my husband, they are going to kill us also. now is our turn. >> they said to go into the room. she said, no, let them shoot us here. i said, no, we don't go. you kill here. we leaned on the same wall. he said, no kill. you brothers. go in. >> and they left. we didn't believe it. you don't believe it.
>> as the eight gunmen launched their attacks on the hotels and the railway station the fifth pair threaded their ways through the alleyways through south mumbai to a jewish study center, nariman house. brother wasi reminded the two gunmen, killing a jew was worth far more than killing a guest at the taj hotel. the center was run by rabbi gabrielle holtzberg and his pregnant wife. their 2-year-old son had been put to bed. the neighbors heard what happened when the rabbi and his wife confronted the gunmen. >> the two gunmen killed the
>> translator: he used to sell yogurt and potato snacks in the street. >> how much did they give you? did he put it in your account? >> translator: there is no account. they gave it to my dad. >> how much did they give him? >> translator: i don't know, maybe a few hundred thousand. >> after finishing your job today, where were you supposed to go? >> translator: we were all supposed to die. >> how? >> translator: he said we would go to heaven. with verizon. this monday online only. get the droid razr by motorola in cranberry, free. or a white 7-inch samsung galaxy tab 2, just $99.99. this holiday, get the best deals on the best devices
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the gunmen inside nariman house forced one of the hostages to call the israeli consulate. then they made her speak to brother wasi in pakistan. >> hello? i have already talked to them. i was talking to the consulate and they are making the phone call. they said to leave the line free. they are calling the prime minister and the army in india from the embassy in delhi. >> brother wasi had promised norma he would release her and the other hostage in exchange for kasab. >> don't worry. just sit back and relax. don't worry. just wait for them to contact, okay? >> yes, sir. >> save your energy for good days. if they contact right now maybe you're going to celebrate your sabbath with your family.
>> brother wasi briefed the gunman on what to say to the indian government. he warned him not to let slip that the rabbi and his wife had already been murdered. >> so you mustn't say you will release the two hostages. say that you will release all the hostages. then tell them they can negotiate with us. >> as the terrorists waited for the indian government to call, the holtzbergs' 2-year-old son wandered among the bodies, including those of his mother and father. the little boy's nanny, who had hidden inside the house overnight later snatched him and escaped.
after much delay, 400 commandos had arrived from delhi to take over the security operation. they began to engage the terrorists. on the 18th floor of the oberoi, they cornered fahadulla and the g gunmen who by now had murdered 35 people at the hotel. [ gunfire ] [ phone ringing ] >> how's it going, brother fahadullah? >> brother abdul rehman has died. >> oh, really? is he nearby? >> yes. he's next to me. may god accept his martyrdom.
his room is on fire. they are showing it on the tv. [ gunfire ] >> you mustn't let them arrest youment remember that. >> god willing. god willing. >> the next time brother wasi called, fahadulla was still hiding in the bathroom. [ phone ringing ] >> my brother, can't you just get out there and fight? throw a grenade. try to get out. >> i have run out of grenades. [ gunfire ] >> be brave, brother. don't panic. for your mission to end successfully you must be killed. god is waiting for you in heaven. >> god willing. >> may god help you. fight bravely and put your phone
in your pocket, but leave it on. [ gunfire ] [ alarm ] [ gunfire ] >> fahadullah? >> it was 10:00 p.m., 24 hours into the attack, and the call from the indian government to nariman house had still not come. again, brother wasi turned to his superiors. >> do you want them to keep the hostages or kill them?
>> listen up. >> yes, sir. >> just shoot them now. get rid of them. you could come under fire at any time. you risk leaving them behind. >> god willing. although it's quiet here at the moment. >> no. don't wait any longer. you never know when you might come under attack. just make sure you don't get hit by a ricochet when you do it. >> god willing. >> i'll stay on the line. go on. i'm listening. do it. >> what? shoot them? >> yes. do it. sit them up and shoot them in the back of the head.
>> the thing is umer is asleep right now. he hasn't been feeling too well. >> i'll call you back in half an hour and you can do it then. okay? >> for an hour the gunman hesitated. finally brother wasi's patience ran out. >> well? >> please don't be angry. i had to move things around a by. >> have you done the job or not? >> i was just waiting for you to call so you could listen. >> do it, in god's name. >> right. hold on. >> do it. in god's name. [ gunfire ] >> okay. that was one of them, yes? >> both. together.
>> friday dawned, 36 hours into the attack. brother wasi told the gunmen at nariman house it was time to die. >> okay. so the thing is, brother. >> yes, sir. >> you have run out of water. you're tired. they know this, too. they are hoping to arrest you. once you are weak from hunger and thirst -- >> today is friday so we should finish it today. >> nine hours after the jewish hostages were murdered, the commandos finally attacked. >> helicopter overhead? >> yes. i hear one.
>> shoot, shoot. [ gunfire ] >> they have opened fire. they have opened fire. [ gunfire ] >> take over. >> they are firing into our room. into our room. >> an hour later, the gunman spoke to brother wasi for the last time. >> i have been shot. i have been shot. pray for me. >> where are you hit? >> one in my arm. one in my leg. >> god protect you. did you manage to hit any of their guys? >> we got one commando.
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zaki-ur rehman lakhvi, the head of the lashkar-e-taiba, has been arrested by the pakistani authorities. his trial is being held in secret. kasab has confessed his part in the attack. >> so you guys came here for jihad? >> what jihad, sir. >> it's no use crying. tell me the truth. is that right or not? >> you wouldn't understand. >> we broke him psychologically. we realized they had told him if you commit jihad and you die for the cause, there is a scent emanating from your dead body, there is a glow on the face. so we asked him who told you this? he said the instructors told us this is what happened. they had seen people who died
fighting for jihad. this is what happens. we did take him to the morgue and we showed him the nine dead bodies there. the shock on his face i think it dawned on him that whatever he had done he was taken for a ride by the instructors and there was no truth whatsoever in what they had told him. >> joint commissioner, the mumbai chief of police, has been moved from his post and given responsibility for police housing. 170 people died in the attack on mumbai. many were muslims, including 12-year-old afroz. >> my dad was a taxi driver here in mumbai. so one day he took us all out for a drive. he took me and my sister to the birdhouse, the aquarium, the
in towns and villages, lashkar-e-taiba, the army of the righteous, is deeply embedded in pakistani society. it remains close to its backers within the pakistani intelligence services. pakistan has an arsenal of nuclear warheads and is one of america's key allies. during the attack, lashkar-e-taiba controller had briefed one of the mumbai gunmen on what to say when the media called. >> give the government an ultimatum. say this was just the trailer. just wait till you see the rest of the film. this is just a small example. >> wait for the rest of the movie. shall i write that down? the main film is yet to come.
>> we have just been warned by the terrorists that the main film is yet to come. the horror we have seen is simply the trailer. how worried should we be? let me give you some background. the group responsible for these attacks, lashkar-e-taiba, was created to wage war in kashmir, the territory that has been under dispute with india and pakistan since 1947. lashkar was supported by the pakistani military. whilst support has waned, there is little evidence that pakistan's generals are making any serious effort to shut down what has become a vast organization within their country. lashkar's stated goals go beyond kashmir to all of south asia. its pamphlets are filled with attacks on hindus and jus. like al qaeda which began with limited goals, it could be
morphing into something larger and much more sinister. but terrorism is waged by individuals. we saw these young peasant boys who had little education and no prospects in their country. they are the ones who enlist for the jihad. we have political and ideological forces on one hand and the simple despair of young men on the other. the two have combined to create a deadly mix. the only way this movie will end well is if we tackle both sides of this problem. we need to get the military and foreign policy right. we also need to help change the sense of hopelessness and culture of hate that exists in these societies. we need to help these young men you just watched embrace life rather than death.
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hello. i'm martin savidge here for don lemon. let's get you up to speed on the headlines. china landed a fighter jet on an aircraft carrier for the first time. china news agency says it was being built for the old soviet union. it is expected to hold 30 j-15 fighter jets which reportedly is comparable to an american f-18. could be a couple years before that carrier is full fully operational. the floods tormenting southwest england and wales are expected to get worse. these images of swollen rivers
and towns under water, dozens of roads are closed and some drivers had to be rescued from their vehicles. at least one person has died, a woman was trapped under a tree. investigators say the giant blast that turned a massachusetts strip club into dust and debris friday night was caused by human error. they say a utility worker responding to a report of a gas smell punctured a high pressure gas line by mistake. officials say the worker went by incorrect markings on the sidewalk. at least 21 people were hurt, most of them emergency responders called to the scene because of the smell of gas. a six alarm fire kept firefighters busy in leominster, massachusetts. it broke out 10:00 saturday night in an historic hotel and continued into the morning. two firefighters were hurt when a wall collapsed in them. several businesses inside were damaged. all of the residents got out safely. in the capital of egypt is
city center is filled with people refusing to go home. this is tahrir square at 5:30 in the morning, cairo time. you will remember the arab spring in 20 # 11. it looked like this. many people are frustrated, fed up, angry demanding the new president take back a declaration he made a few days ago that gave him unchecked power over egypt. pub hick reaction in cairo and throughout the country. in a word, rage. protests sprang up in several cities and this crowd clashed with riot police in cairo. one person reportedly died in the fighting. a teenager who belonged to a youth group who supports the party of the muslim brotherhood. reza sayah was there.
>> reporter: we keep seeing clashes between protesters and police. protesters throwing rocks. police firing teargas and stun ge n grenades. we are blocks from tahrir square. many of the protesters are young men. 20-something teenagers. hard to say if they are here fighting for democracy or here to cause trouble. [ chanting ] >> reporter: those were chants with down with the president. we are now starting to see these protests and clashes take place in cities outside of cairo. in the northern city of damunhur, the first fatality according to the muslim brotherhood, a 15-year-old was killed when protesters attacked the brotherhood's offices there. he was hit in the head with a club and pronounced dead before he arrived at the hospital. this is some of the violence taking place.
let's go to peaceful tahrir square. here you have a few thousand people gathered. 40 tents reminiscent of the 2011 egyptian revolution. you have food stands. people selling tea. here is a tea stand. lots of people talking politics. if you look at these groups, these are all people debagt their political positions and demanding that mr. morsy rescind his controversial decrees. >> i want them withdrawn. secondly, i would hope he starts to listen to the people. >> i am willing to stay until we oust him. just like we did with mubarak. we are going to oust him. he's bringing it down upon himself. >> reporter: on sunday factions opposed to mr. morsy continued to apply pressure on the egyptian president. muhammed al baraday calling on
mr. morsy to rescind his decrees on saturday. a judges group calling for a nationwide strike. it's not clear how many will heed the call. a lot of judges in egypt support mr. morsy and the muslim brotherhood. so do a lot of egyptians. there have been calls for demonstrations throughout the next few days and there is a lot of drama that comes with these developments. you have mr. morsy entrenched in power. the muslim brotherhood movement taking on factions mobilizing, demanding him to rescind his decrees. cnn, cairo. >> all right. to washington now. lawmakers took the week off for thanksgiving. but congress is getting back to work. they have a lot to do. time is short. as i say, plenty on their plate. the senate returns monday. the house goes back into session on tuesday. the fiscal cliff is the bigs
item facing congress. if president obama and congress can't reach a deal huge spending cuts and taxes kick in january 1. today several republicans backed away from a pledge banning tax increases. >> when you're $16 trillion in debt the only pledge we should be making is to avoid becoming greece and republicans should put revenue on the table. i want to buy down debt and cut rates to create jobs. but i will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country if democrats will do entitlement reform. >> a pledge signed 20 years ago, 18 years ago is for that congress. for instance if i were in congress in 1941 i would have signed -- supported a declaration of war against japan. we are not going to attack them today. the world has changed. >> so there was a question i asked anna navarro and lz
granderson. >> i think it's practicality, the desire to want to get something done. i know lindsey graham well. chambliss, king. these are thoughtful, smart, principled leaders and fiscal conservatives. they are anti-tax. i don't think a pledge should define anybody. i'm not a fan of pledges. you pledge to your god. i think you pledge to your constituents, to your country. the kind of representative i want going to washington is somebody that's going to act out of conviction, out of conscience, out of what his constituents want and not because they are being told to do a pledge. it's taking a lot of courage for what saxby chambliss and lindsey graham are doing. both probably earned themselves a primary as a result of the statements. i will tell the people of georgia and south carolina you are well served by those
senators. i hope they win. i hope they are re-elected. they are doing a fine job. >> i don't get with this discussion two things. the idea we are not going to raise taxes. that's a shell game. call it what it is. we are raising revenue through tax raises. doesn't matter what you call them. the result is the same. i don't get the notion that democrats are the ones that protect entitlements and republicans are trying to protect businesses or rich people. we have to get past this. there has to be public -- office. i don't think any republican is saying we have to get rid of all entitlements. the republicans want some sort of solvency for it. i think it's important we get away from the talking points and the little sound bites and look at both parties want to keep --
are pro business. it's about unnecessary taxes. both don't want unnecessary taxes as well. as long as we are able to have an intelligent conversation and move away from the sound bites compromise is easier to be made. >> 37 days until then. a voluntary recall for the generic version of the popular anti-cholesterol drug lipitor. the generic version is made by ranbaxy pharmaceuticals as seen in this entry from an online drugstore. it is feared glass particles may be in bottles of the drugs. the country based in india is calling back 40 batches of the generic pill. if you didn't get your shopping fix this weekend, relax. there's cyber monday. could the internet's biggest shopping day soon be a thing of the past? and that makes me feel pretty good about it.
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con dwrach litigations on that. now we are just hours away from another big shopping blitz, cyber monday. consumers spent nearly $60 billion but cyber monday sales are expected to bonl be only $1.5 billion. why so low? >> cyber monday and the holiday has changed. it used to be we got to work on monday after thanksgiving, after the holiday and we had access to broadband, high speed internet. now that's completely changed. you are seeing it happen more and more. seeing online deals happen way before cyber monday. this whole week. so one big thing that's happen haing is mobile shopping is huge. a lot of people are using smartphones and tablets to go on and make purchases ahead of time. take a look at the numbers. online shopping on your smartphone and mobile device is up two-thirds from 2011. 10% of people use their ipad.
9% use their iphone and 5.5% use their android device. we used to have access to the internet on monday. now we have access all the time. retailers are getting smart. they are putting the deals -- essentially putting them out there earlier. >> why do people go to stores in the first place? what's the benefit of going to the store versus going online? at home i can buy whatever i want and get a great deal. >> sure. some of the big retailers still have great deals. there is something about going to the store, being first in line to get products. some of the online services are great but it can go out of stock and especially around the holiday season there is a tradition of getting in there as soon as the stores open. get the coveted toy you really want. you know, i don't think we'll see it disappear. as you see from the numbers it won't disappear. but the online sales are happening earlier. they are still happening on oh cyber monday. but it's not going to be
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americans show support for u.s. troops in many ways. from yellow robibbons to flag pins. now an atlanta woman has created special bracelets she hopes will help families cope. >> reporter: many families are headed home for the holidays but sean kirby is saying good-bye leaving his wife a second time for deployment in afghanistan. >> i have already been there seven months. now i'm going back for another three. >> the first couple of months
was really hard. it was just like not being with him every day after being together for nine years. that was a shock. >> reporter: while they may be thousands of miles apart this holiday season they found a way to stay connected. it's called the battle saint bracelet create bid cynthia le may. >> it has all the saints to protect military. st. joseph of cupertino had the legend of levee stating so he protects aviators. 75,000 people around the world wear it in support of you and your service and everything you have done for us. >> reporter: a sentiment all too familiar for this military mom. >> we had seven members of the family serving. around a bonfire we heard stories of war and close calls that were just compelling and heartbreaking. listening to the stories and realizing how much those men and women were sacrificing i knew i
wanted to make a difference and give back. >> reporter: together they created the bracelet and now scarfs. >> they are authentic, different. the same ones that our soldiers are wearing. >> reporter: the battle saints offer hope for troops serving over seas and help they need once they return. >> a donation for every bracelet sold and every scarf gois to the intrend fallen heroes fund. we honor them by wearing these and showing our support. but when they come back, return to the united states it provides much needed help. there is a physical rehab center. there is a ptsd-tbi center. now we are raising funds for centers across all the country in different bases and posts. >> reporter: for captain kirby and his wife the bracelets make them feel close. >> we have done seven months. a few more. we're on the down side now. i think it will be just fine. >> reporter: scarfs and bracelets.
simple items providing comfort for soldiers headed into battle or their families back home and for those fighting to recover from the wounds of war. april williams, cnn. >> it is worth noting that cynthia le may is the wife of jim le may, our weekend managing editor. find them at battlesaint.com. troops in afghanistan made their own lip synched version of the hit "call me maybe" and they did a shot by shot remake of the one made by the miami dolphins cheerleaders. ♪ >> they have every hair flip. every hip dip and every phone was exactly the same. instead of coming out of the pool you saw they were buried in sand and there are no tour buses